Thread: Attaching wood to tile....
04-04-2013, 04:01 AM #1
Attaching wood to tile....
Ok, I have waited for the wood in my new 56G column to sink for well over a month. 2 pieces are still very buoyant. I do not have the mechanical ability to really attach the wood to tiles via SS screws. I had contemplated using Epoxy to attach the wood to tiles...would this feasibly work? Also is regular epoxy from Lowes/Walmart safe? It looks just like the stuff I have purchased from reef supply stores in the past."Have no fear of perfection- you'll never reach it."
04-04-2013, 04:10 AM #2
I think it would given the right epoxy.
I've used this to fix numerous stuff around the house/car (here is a link to amazon-but i've found this at any car part store/walmart/hardware store)
Stuff is beyond strong and will probably never break-like I repaired a broken headlight mount on my car, and it was stronger than the non broken one. lol
-I'm not sure how safe it is after it sets and is underwater, but that could be solved with a clear coat of a sealer that is aquarium safe product?
alter the decor set up to use rocks to weigh the piece down?
04-04-2013, 08:52 AM #3
I would probably drill a hole in the tile and put a screw thru the tile into the driftwood. Just sounds like a safer plan. I don't know if I could fully trust the glue/epoxy to hold the wood in place. What would happen if the epoxy failed and the driftwood would pop to the surface or thru the top?
04-04-2013, 12:22 PM #4
The shape of the wood has made it very difficult to get it firmly anchored with other decor. My hope was the epoxy would hold it down long enough to become water logged. It has popped up and down many times without any negative effects. I would just like to get this done over the weekend as I am very tired of looking at a bare ugly tank full of tannin water and floating wood."Have no fear of perfection- you'll never reach it."
04-04-2013, 02:44 PM #5
I used aquarium silicone to glue a couple pretty large pieces of driftwood down on eggcrate. It has held for over a year now. I don't know the shape of the wood and if it would have an area big enough to use silicone but just throwing this option out there for you.When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
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04-04-2013, 02:50 PM #6Junior Member Guppy
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I use aluminium bonsai training wire of 1.5mm diameter
wrapped around wood once and then around a tile or piece of slate a couple of times. If the wire is visible after I'm certain the wood is no longer buoyant it can be cut away using household scissors. I've used this wire for various applications in freshwater tanks and never noticed any adverse effects.
04-04-2013, 03:08 PM #7
I use natural slate tile and stainless steel screws for all of my driftwood. It is really simple to do.
1/4" masonry drill bit
2" #8 SS wood screw
Set the wood on the tile and mark the location to drill the hole.Mike
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